Major General John Gibbon Camp 4
Major General John Gibbon
Major General John Gibbon Camp #4 meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month (except August) at the Waukesha State Bank, 151 E. Saint Paul Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
MG John Gibbon (1827-1896) was a Pennsylvania-born West Point graduate who served in the Seminole War and on the frontier. He joined the Union Army even though three of his brothers chose to fight with the Confederate forces. He began as General Irvin McDowell's chief of artillery and was made a brigadier general in May 1862. He fought at Gainesville, Second Bull Run and Antietam; at South Mountain, his command was named the Iron Brigade. He was wounded at both Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. After his recovery after Gettysburg, he fought at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and Appomattox. He was promoted to major general in 1864 and continued in the regular army until 1891. He spent most of his years after the war on the frontier and led the relief column to Little Big Horn in 1876; it arrived in time to bury George Custer and all his men.
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MG John Gibbon Birthday Celebration
Each year Camp 4 and Auxiliary 5 observe General Gibbon's birthday (April 20) with a celebration dinner. Previous guest speakers have included Lance Herdegen, former director of the Institute of Civil War Studies at Carroll University and an award winning journalist. He is currently a historical consultant for the Civil War Museum of the Upper Middle West. Lance is the author of numerous articles and books, among them, Four Years with the Iron Brigade: The Civil War Journal of William Ray and most recently Those Damned Black Hats: The Iron Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign.
|11 Sept:||Patriot's Day|
|13 Sept:||Camp meeting, 7 p.m.|
|9 Oct:||Columbus Day|
|11 Oct:||Camp meeting, 7 p.m.|
|8 Nov:||Camp meeting, 7 p.m.|
|11 Nov:||Veterans Day|
|18 Nov:||Remembrance Day parade and ceremonies, 1 p.m. step-off, Gettysburg, PA|
|7 Dec:||Pearl Harbor Day|
|13 Dec:||Camp meeting, 7 p.m.|
|16 Dec:||Wreaths Across America, Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee|
|25 Dec:||Christmas Day|